San Diego Regional Chamber endorses Ray Ellis, Kristin Gaspar

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Chamber Board votes to support Ray Ellis and Kristin Gaspar

SAN DIEGO (November 19, 2015) – The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce announced today the endorsements of Ray Ellis for San Diego City Council District 1, and Kristin Gaspar, for County Supervisor District 3.

“The City Council and County Supervisor races are important for the continued growth and success of our region’s businesses,” said Jerry Sanders, President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber.

“Ray and Kristin have demonstrated that they will be advocates for business and leaders we can count on to keep business moving forward. With this endorsement we will be able to send a strong message that these are the right candidates for business,” Sanders said.

The Chamber’s Board of Directors voted in support of the endorsement at its regular monthly meeting today. During the meeting, the Board heard remarks from and asked questions of Ellis and Gaspar.

“I am honored to have the endorsement of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce,” Ellis said. “As a small business owner, I know the power of job creation and how important it is to our local economy and our neighborhoods. Working together, I want to focus on how we grow our small businesses and create more good-paying jobs for San Diegans.”

Kristin Gaspar said: “The San Diego Regional Chamber has been an important voice in efforts to help small businesses grow and create good jobs for San Diego. They work hard to make sure that we invest in our region’s infrastructure to maximize our quality of life. I’m proud to have earned their endorsement and look forward to partnering with them as a member of the Board of Supervisors.”

This is the third round of early endorsements the Chamber has made in the 2016 elections. Earlier this year, the Chamber announced the endorsements of Congressman Scott Peters, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, County Supervisor Greg Cox, and San Diego City Councilmembers Mark Kersey and Scott Sherman. Additional endorsements are expected as candidates emerge and races develop.

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Comments 2

  1. We are squandering a tremendous amount of human capital in San Diego by overcharging youthful offenders (guilty of minor crimes) simply so they will ‘plead guilty’ and get out of the way.

    That’s an extraordinarily short-sighted approach and it is not inuring to the long term benefit of the County of San Diego whether it be businesses or taxpayers alike.

    Why not make greater investments with resources currently directed to the ‘school to prison pipeline’ and give youth at risk a vital appreciation for why its in their best interest to ‘protect’ their right to earn a living.

    Indeed. EVERY SINGLE STUDENT IN SAN DIEGO TODAY is a millionaire; they simply haven’t gotten their checks yet.

    Those who would take issue with my math are free to check with the Census Bureau.

    To wit:

    Thus, if young people KNEW for a certainty they were going to get paid – and ALL THEY HAD TO DO was stay out of trouble and get their high school diploma’s – how many would think twice about doing ‘something stupid’ for a quick few hundred dollars?

    Most decent jobs today require a background check and the best blue-collar jobs often require a security clearance.

    Employers report they are having more and more difficulty finding candidates who have never used drugs, who do not have a criminal record and who can obtain a security clearance.

    Isn’t it time we made an effort to deliver this message in elementary, middle and high schools?

    This is truly where ‘civics’ meets the road.

    Business leaders in San Diego today surely have a vested interest in ensuring we have an abundant number of qualified and educated potential employees to chose from.

    Unfortunately, depending on the County Board of Education to deliver this message in large measure misses the mark.

    Far too many young people learn the precious value of a clean record (criminal, scholastic, etc.) only AFTER they’ve made a life altering mistake.

    That seems fundamentally unfair.

    I am hopeful the Chamber of Commerce and other leaders in government will begin to take a broader approach toward our needs going forward; a short term outlook simply isn’t in our collective interest.

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